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N Scale Model Trains Database

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N-Scale Model Trains

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N-Scale Train Modeling is a hobby concerned with the recreation, display and operation of railway equipment in miniature. N-Scale is sometimes also referred to as N-Gauge.

N-Scale is a group of similar dimensional relationships including (but not limited to) 1/160, 1/150 and 1/148. All share in common a railroad gauge of 9mm (0.354 in). The earliest model trains to use this scale were made by Lone Star in the United Kingdom in their OOO (Treble-O) line. Interestingly, the Lone Star models use a dimensional relationship of 1/152. The first models to use a 1/160 scale were made by Arnold of Germany in the 1960s. The most common dimensional relationship in the United States and Europe is 1/160. Japanese manufacturers make a mix of 1/150 and 1/160 products but for the most part use 1/150. Model manufacturers in the United Kingdom prefer 1/148.

When it comes to track, N Scale always uses a standard 9mm distance between the two rails. The track height, however, can vary. Common heights are 0.08 inches high (Code 80) and 0.055 inches (Code 55). For narrow gauge modelers, track is 6.5mm between the rails (Z-Scale), but the dimensional ratio of the models is still typically 1/160, 1/150 or 1/148.

Worldwide, N Scale is the second most popular model railroading Scale after HO, but in certain geographical regions (Japan in particular) it exceeds even HO in popularity.

Collection N Scale Model Trains has 66854 Items

Top Contributors (30 day)

scottakoltz 170
gdm 102
CMK 95
Jenna 65
Alain LM 17

Recent Additions

N Scale - AHM - 4421F - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F7 - New Haven - 370
N Scale - AHM - 4454J - Reefer, 45 Foot, Steel - Swift Refrigerator Line
N Scale - AHM - New Haven Train Set - Freight Train, Diesel, North American, Transition Era - New Haven

Body Style

Body StyleCollection Count
All Items 120
AHM Train Set 3
Lima Boxcar 45 Foot Steel 5
Lima Caboose Bay Window 9
Lima Diesel Engine F7 1
Lima Diesel Engine GP30 3
Lima Flatcar 45 Foot With Load 11
Lima Gondola 45 Foot Steel Rib Side 8
Lima Passenger Heavyweight Coach 2
Lima Passenger Heavyweight Combine 2
Lima Passenger Heavyweight Observation 2
Lima Reefer 45 Foot Steel 7
Lima Stock Car 45 Foot Steel 7
Mehano Boxcar 40 Foot Steel 2
Mehano Open Hopper 2-Bay PS-3 Peaked End 1
Mehano Reefer 40 Foot Slide Dr 1
Mehano Reefer 40 Foot Plug Dr 1
Mehano Stock Car 40 Foot Wood 1
Roco Autorack Tri-Level Open 3
Roco Boxcar 40 Foot PS-1 3
Roco Boxcar 40 Foot Steel Combo Door 9
Roco Caboose Cupola Offset 8-Window (4/4) 12
Roco Covered Hopper 4-Bay 52 Foot 10
Roco Covered Hopper 4-Bay Centerflow 10
Roco Gondola 50 Foot Covered 9
Roco Wrecking Crane Brownhoist 3
Roco Open Hopper 4-Bay Offset Side 1
Roco Open Hopper 4-Bay Rib Side 13
Roco Reefer 50 Foot Mechanical 11
Roco Tank Car Single Dome AHM 13